Suspicious Activity Involving Asphalt/Paving Contractors 08/04/11

 Winnebago County Sheriff's OfficeNews Media Release  News  Release Number                2011-023
 Information:  Suspicious Activity Involving Asphalt/Paving Contractors 
 Date: August 4, 2011  Time:  3:00 PM       Page 1   of  2

 Narrative:  The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls from area residents with concerns about a possible “scam,” involving paving and/or asphalt services.  Business representatives from some unscrupulous companies have gone door-to-door stating they have extra asphalt from a job in the area and are willing to do asphalt work at a discounted price.  However, the workmanship is not what is expected and the final cost is usually higher than what was quoted. Homeowners are warned to do their homework before hiring a company to ensure they are reputable and legitimate.  Itinerant asphalt/paving dealers can always be active in an area, especially during the spring and summer months.

Homeowners are urged to research all options thoroughly and not be pressured into signing a contract or agreement before all terms and conditions are completely understood.  To find a reputable company, we suggest:

 

 Winnebago County Sheriff's OfficeNews Media Release  News  Release Number                2011-023
 Date: August 4, 2011  Time:  3:00 PM       Page 2   of  2

  

 Most of these businesses where these complaints have originated from operate out of the states of Louisiana and Georgia, and there have been similar complaints in neighboring counties.  We have received information that these firms may be contacting most anyone, from rural homeowners, farmers, small businesses, and urban homeowners. Residents with questions can call the Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit at 815-319-6500. To report an incident or request a deputy to respond to something that is a non-emergency, you can call the Sheriff’s Office 24 hour non-emergency number:  815-282-2600.